84. Digging Up the Past… Fort Raleigh National Historic Site

Nestled in a forested area on the northern end of Roanoke Island, the Fort Raleigh National Historic Site opens its doors at 9:00am for visitors and locals alike to marvel at the varied historical events and artifacts discovered and displayed for viewing by the Park Service.

In 1584 Sir Walter Raleigh brought 116 men, women and children from England to settle in the New World. This settlement became known as the “Lost Colony” as, even today, we don’t know what became of those settlers. The well known Lost Colony Theater, located on the historic site grounds, produces an outdoor symphonic drama most evenings during the summer about the interaction between these colonists and the local Indian tribes. The Park Service, professional historians, students, and volunteers, conduct ongoing archeological site explorations which have yielded dozens of historical objects further expanding our knowledge of this tiny yet significant settlement from our early history.

Also located at Fort Raleigh, the 10 acre Elizabethan Gardens offer year-round opportunity to walk among the carefully manicured gardens on patterned walkways. A gift shop contains memorabilia reminding visitors of their trip to Fort Raleigh.


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